I’m redecorating my office at work so it less resembles a prison cell and more resembles a place where I spend the majority of my non-traveling time. I’ll show you the big before-and-after when I’m completely done but until then I’ll keep you updated on the cheap and easy things I’ve done in order to make the room a little bit more ME.
Here’s the first one. For this you need some origami paper, some tape (I used double-sided tape), some foam board (or poster board), a bone folder (optional), a pencil, and a ruler. I used some large scale origami with plain colours, but this would easily work on a smaller scale with the tiny pieces of patterned paper on a smaller board.
I started by matching up two sides of the sheet of origami and gently pinching the outside edge of the fold, just so I could see where the centre was.
Then I did that in the other direction.
Using those markers as guidelines, I folded each corner of the paper into the centre of the page. It doesn’t have to be perfect; I think it looks a little better when it’s all irregular.
I did that with every colour I had, one each, for 20 squares total. You can obviously do as many as you like.
Then I did some figuring to sort out how I wanted them to look and where I wanted them to be.
I had to do some math to figure out how they were going to fit on the foam board I had.
In actual fact they were going to fit across two boards. So the pieces that fit across this divide between the two I was going to leave off until I’d mounted the boards on the wall. That seemed easiest.
I decided it looked best if I had them in touching columns with a bit of space in between. I measured carefully to make sure they were evenly spaced and made pencil marks to show me where to stick things.
Then it was just a matter of applying some tape. And some dog hair. But that goes without saying.
Here it is, on my ugly green office wall (not to be confused with my ugly white office wall and my two ugly red office walls).
It’s already become a conversation piece. My team leader calls them “Grumpy Envelopes” and enjoys putting her tiny elf-like fists in the folds.